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Rooms with a View

PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN AND VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A combination of spectacular homes, stunning fashions and most importantly, a desire to contribute to the American Cancer Society, drew about 170 women to Hideaway Beach recently. A new event dubbed “Rooms with a View,” was put on by the Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee spearheaded by Tommie Rowland. The affair featured a tour of four magnificent Hideaway homes from a villa, to condominium to luxury freestanding homes. Guests were chauffeured to the various sites via golf cart. A docent in each home gave guests the grand tour. Once complete, they were whisked off to the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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City Council Utility Rate Special Called Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 PM Community Room (City Council Meeting Room) We urge you to attend this very important meeting and voice your opinion. Workshop discussions will include the water and wastewater rate structure, and Marco utilities future capital needs of an additional $300 million!! The water utility is already $150 million in debt. A couple of months ago, after we had a few visitors for 3 weeks, our water bill was $500.00!! Can you believe that? To address this new debt requirement, does that mean that our water bills will increase dramatically, 3 times what ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Donna Harrington

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My name is Donna Harrington and I live at Island Manor Condominium Association located on No. Collier Blvd and previously worked in their office as I do now at The Mariner of Marco Island, Inc. Condominium Association. Condo associations have rules and regulations that govern how problems are to be handled. They also take care of any problems that arise without having to call the police. Most associations, like The Mariner and Island Manor, also have strict rules in regards to rentals (i.e. 30 continuous days) and 90% of these rentals are returning “Snowbirds” who have been renting here for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Elaine A. Myers

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After receiving my proposed new Marco Island city ordinance Section 8-100 through 8-104 inclusive in Chapter 8 , I’ve found myself compelled to write to the Coastal Breeze of my serious concerns of this proposal. I have been a condominium owner for the past 4 years at (28 Manor Terrace) the Mariner.  During this time, I have found that the Mariner Management and Board of Directors have shown the utmost professionalism in managing and applying the rules and regulations to make for a beautiful 162 unit complex.  In my opinion the Mariner is the best managed and maintained complex on ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Julie Salisbury

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Marco Island City Council, Back in February you voted to exclude Condominium owners from the proposed rental ordinance. Subsequently a councilman asked for “reconsideration” and unfortunately this legislative maneuver passed. Does this mean when someone doesn’t get their way on the council, it is brought up over and over again?? In the second reading version one of the proposed changes is that Condos will have to hold a vote to get the majority of owners to agree to be excluded, plus all people who rent will have to be registered. This will increase work for Boards and Management and does ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Condo Owner

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I am very disappointed in your most recent vote, making Condo owners abide by this ridiculous ruling.  I thought that Condo’s were not considered in this ordinance.  It is my understanding that ONE, only ONE council member brought it up again, and it was passed.  I would like to know which one brought it up and I would like to have him recalled.  Considering all the people who were against including condos in this proposal, they passed it anyway.  I would also like to know how many complaints they get every year about renters in condos and how many complaints ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James Beckett

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Marco Island City Council Member, My name is James Beckett and I am a resident of the Monterrey building in Cape Marco on Marco Island.  I am writing to express my support of keeping the “Exclusion” of Condos in the proposed Rental Ordinance based on the fact that we already have regulations and controls in place to take care of any related renter issues.  These regulations are rigorously enforced and I would prefer we keep it that way and not add to our building management’s workload. Respectfully, James Beckett   Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jane and Fred Schuh

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To: City Council, City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk for City of Marco Island This letter is to state our opposition to the new Rental Ordinance or at a minimum our opposition to include condominiums.  We are opposed to reopening and reconsidering the ordinance which recently passed. We have owned a condo on Marco Island for 11 years and have never had any issues in which this new ordinance proposes to solve. We are opposed because: There are no problems reported at the Gulfview. Problems should be analyzed before sweeping all condominiums into an ordinance proposed to solve a problem in single ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Carolyn Beckett

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Dear Marco Island City Council Member, As a resident of the Monterrey, Cape Marco, I am writing to express support for the “EXCLUSION” of condominiums in the proposed Rental Ordinance that is now being reconsidered. Such oversight by the City of Marco Island is a duplication of effort given the existence of Condominium Boards and management that already ensure properties are properly maintained, managed, and do not create a potential for nuisance for neighboring properties.  Noise or nuisance from residents are addressed by the Board and annual fire alarm and fire sprinkler inspections currently take place. The City of Marco Island should ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Joanne Cascio

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As an owner of a condo in Marco for over 15 years, I would like to express my concerns regarding the City Councils’ newly proposed rental ordinances.   1- Condominium rentals are not and have never been an issue since all Condominium Associations have Documents, by-laws and strict rules that take care of problem renters. As a matter of fact these rules give them more leeway than the proposed Ordinance will have on the issue of problem rental. In essence the Condominium Association and Management take care of these issues very effectively. 2- .  Section 2 – Sec.X.2.1(b) allows a ... Read More »

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Bingo

Elliot and Rivka  Masoop  were the BIG winners at the Monday night Bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!     Katie Livesey of Marco Island was a BIG winner at the Monday night Bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Bernie Seidman. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!   Read More »

Sugden Regional Park to host the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships

Event to be held September 19-27, 2015   The 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships will be held at Sugden Regional Park in Naples from Sept. 19 – 27, 2015.              This weeklong event showcases the Pro Watercross Tour and combines the electricity and appeal of traditional beach events with the high speed thrills of competitive motorsports says Rob Wells, Collier County Senior Sports Marketing Manager. “Dramatic staging, professional sound system, banners, flags, and pit tents set the stage for a truly large-scale event – this is like the NASCAR of Watercross,” Wells said. The Tour features a contingent of up-and-coming men and ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 1

Registration for all Collier County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1. You many register online at www.collierparks.com or visit your nearest community center.   Collier County Parks & Recreation has been in the summer camp business longer than any other organization. Camp Collier offers a fun lively environment where children can play, connect and discover! Each week is a different theme! Children have the opportunity to attend weekly or enjoy the entire summer.  Campers will take nature walks, play games, make arts and crafts, participate in different sports, host guests from the community, as well as take weekly swim ... Read More »

DISTRACTIONS FOUR TIMES MORE PREVALENT IN TEEN CRASHES THAN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED

Unprecedented Look into the Causes of Teen Crashes by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Broadcast Quality B-Roll (Preview / Download) Broadcast Quality Sound Bites (Preview / Download) TAMPA, Fla. (March 25, 2015) – The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. Researchers analyzed the six seconds ... Read More »

TAKE THE EVERGLADES RIDE

SEE THE GATORS – SEE THE BIRDS –  EAT GREAT SEAFOOD FRESH FROM THE GULF Sunday, April 12 McLeod Park 208 South Copeland Ave. Everglades City, FL Registration includes RIDE,  FULLY SUPPORTED SAG stops,  LUNCH from Triad Seafood Cafe and ADMITTANCE TO THE HISTORIC SMALLWOOD STORE & MUSEUM REGISTER TODAY! Great Rides! Great Fun! Only $30* 7:30am     Registration 8:00am     62 Mile On-Road Ride 8:30am     27 Mile Off-Road Ride 9:00 am    16 Mile On-road Ride 11:00am – 1:00pm Delicious lunch from Triad Seafood Cafe *until April 4, then the price goes to $35 Children under 12 years old: first child FREE, additional kids ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Offers Journalism Scholarships

A joint press conference between the Greater Naples YMCA and the National Park Service (NPS), detailed the recent national partnership between the two organizations were announced. Naples YMCA President Paul Thein, Acting Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent J.D. Lee and South Florida National Parks Trust trustee, Howard Isaacson, were on hand to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve and the Naples YMCA will be partnering on transportation, programs and outings starting as soon as this Summer.  The national initiative, entitled Play. Learn. Serve Work. was announced just two weeks ago by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a meeting ... Read More »

Potential health hazards associated with black henna tattoos

Florida Department of Health is warning residents and visitors of the potential health hazards associated with black henna tattoos. The paste in black henna tattoos contains a toxic chemical found in black hair dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD). “When applied directly to the skin, the PPD found in black henna tattoos can produce serious adverse health effects in children and adults,” said Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services Dr. Celeste Philip. “It is important to be aware of these dangers and take steps to avoid them. Always ask to see the ingredients of the ... Read More »

Give Florida’s beach-nesting shorebirds space to help them survive

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see. Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can be easily missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement – COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Futch and Reams were working a resource detail focusing on hunters taking turkey over bait in northern Collier County.  They observed fresh tire tracks on a road leading to an area known for illegal hunting activity. They located a vehicle and observed a turkey yelper (a device hunters to use to mimic the sound of a female turkey) and other hunting related items in the vehicle.  The Officers then heard a gunshot.  Officer Reams stayed with the vehicle and Officer Futch followed fresh shoe prints heading in the direction of the shot.  The shoe prints led to an area ... Read More »